Heikki Halttula

Enabling Tomorrow’s Connected Infrastructure – GEO|Design+BIM 2018 (Nov 1-2, Amsterdam)

Our autumn is full of interesting events, one being GEO|Design+BIM 2018 to be held in Amsterdam. I am delighted to be one of the keynote speakers and will be discussing BIM technologies in risk management of infrastructure projects.

Modelling Information Flow for a BIM-based Construction Project – ICCCBE 2018 Tampere

The 17th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering will be held on June 5-7 at Tampere Hall congress and concert centre in Tampere, Finland. Welcome to hear my keynote presentation.

Lean and BIM – Two principles aiming at increased customer value

Last autumn, I had the opportunity to hold a workshop around BIM and Lean as part of the LCI-UK Lean Construction Training Day.  Since low productivity and difficulties in the development of BIM and Lean-based processes continue to be a major issue in infrastructure construction, I thought it makes sense to share some of the key topics that emerged in our discussions during the workshop.

Design for Excellence (DfX) – How to eliminate waste in construction

Efficient planning in construction projects is a key factor in reducing waste. Learn how the concept of Design for Excellence (DfX) can lower the most severe waste in construction projects through early involvement and integration.

How do you decide to spend your day? – Reflections on digitalization and process change

Digitalization is rapidly changing the way we do things. Many traditional ways of doing business just disappear, because the new digital way can provide a better customer experience saving both time and money – and both from the customer and business perspectives. Yet, for many businesses, the digitalization is not happening or is very slow.

In pursuit of a perfect process with BIM and Lean – LCI-UK Training Day Workshop (Oct 25, 2017)

Typical construction processes create material waste but especially process-related waste. The challenges for a project delivery, with multiple stakeholders involved, normally include fragmented communication and conflicts of interest. BIM can serve as an information centre connecting the project members and key stakeholders helping to improve both communication and documentation within a project. In this workshop, we will look at the construction process, and how we can make it leaner by applying BIM and create collaboration models that increase the quality of design.

Highlights of the Prague Digital Construction Summit (June 2017)

During two days in the beginning of June, the most prominent innovators of the European construction industry gathered together in the Czech capital, Prague, to share ideas and experiences around digital construction. I joined the conference with mixed expectations, not sure whether I was about to see traditional ways of thinking prevail despite the declining productivity or to see indeed clear initiatives and latest innovations presented by forerunners of modern infrastructure construction.

What prevents us from achieving the benefits of BIM?

The benefits of BIM are well known in construction industry. Yet, the use of BIM is not as widely spread as the benefits could entail. Finland has been active in the deployment of BIM during the past few years and recognized in many studies as one of the leading countries. Hence, I feel that it is necessary to take a closer look at the levels of BIM implementation and to identify, study and understand the possible barriers that prevent us from reaching the known benefits. In addition to a thorough review of the literature available, I wanted to approach the topic in the field. With the help of focus group sessions, it was possible to first, observe each benefit of BIM and then identify the real-life barriers preventing a successful BIM implementation. The focus groups were formed with around 80 Finnish BIM specialists coming from design, construction, maintenance, research and public organizations.

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